Saturday, November 18, 2017

Even on Bad Days....


EVEN on Bad Days................these two bring me a smile.



Finished

Our kitchen is FINALLY completely finished.....................

I know you have probably gotten bored following my "KITCHEN ADVENTURE"............but you have to remember...............when we moved to this house 23 years ago....we had to purchase a new stove.................however to fit in the spot tdesignated for the stove, we had to get a small, apartment size stove.  The oven would not even hold a large cookie sheet.  AND....for over two years, the oven and part of the eyes did not work properly, sooooooooooo after 23 years....I AM OVER-JOYED to have a NEW KITCHEN....with a normal size OVEN...that WORKS.

So...thank you for being patient with me and it is FINISHED so you don't have to view again.  Smile.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Listen to God...and Pass It on.

A couple of months ago, there was a situation that happened at my job that had m VERY upset.  I lost a night of sleep and did tons of praying.  I had made up my mind to just not say a word to anyone and just deal with it.

I walked in the school that morning and my principal looked up and said...."Kathy, what's wrong?"  The tears came.  I totally broke down....wound up in  her office and opened up to her.  She listened, but more importantly.....she walked around............took my hand and asked if she could pray for me.  Right then and there she prayed for me.

It was like a HUGE weight was removed.

ANYWAY...............at church and even in homes, I do not think twice about stopping and praying with someone, but doing it at work was not a practice of mine.


A few weeks ago, we were having open enrollment at school...............and a broker that the county had hired was at our school to help us.  My appointment was at 8:00 Thursday morning.

I went in and began telling the girl that I was not sure what I even needed since our benefits had always been through my husband....................but God was going to take care of us.

Long story short..............after I mentioned God she began talking about God.  Suddenly she broke down..................................she was going through a very difficult season in her life and marriage and asked me to please pray for them.  I walked about...................took her in my arms and prayed with her right then and there.  We held each other and both cried. 

 A total stranger.

In the course of talking with her, I found out her name is Kaye and we exchanged phone numbers, addresses and Facebook info.  I even showed her my Redneck Bible Journaling.

She was so appreciative that later that day she sent me flowers.

We have stayed in contact.  Last week, she was at a school in Lynchburg, VA and was Redneck Bible Journaling and sent me a picture.  It was not colored yet because she had forgotten her pencils.....but she promised to finish it and send me another picture as soon as she got home.

Later that day.......she sent another message and shared this story: 

She had noticed a lady across the room who God revealed to her that was hurting....................so at the break, she went over....showed the Lady her Bible Journal and the lady broke down crying......said the verse was just what she needed to read.  Kaye said God told her to pray with the lady, so she did and then she gave the lady her Bible Journal,. 

She then shared with the lady about mine and her encounter........................the lady thanked her and told her she had been a blessing to her so she was going to keep her eyes open and pass the blessing on to someone else also.

Listen to God....................and Pass it on!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Forever Family

On channel 3 in Chattanooga, they often feature kids who are looking for a "Forever Family"...................just wanting someone to love them and adopt them.

I was watching it one night and was VERY surprised to see that the featured boy was one of MY STUDENTS.


It broke my heart........and changed everything for me...................and the other teachers.  NO WONDER he can not grasp "rounding" in Math.................that is not important.  He has more important things to worry about.......................he wants a family to love him.


The next day, I called him up to my desk and very discretely told him I saw him on TV and now he was famous since he was on TV.  He just smiled......  His name is Korben, but on TV and told them he prefers to be called Ben.  I asked him about that and he said yes..............so we are all now calling him Ben.

I do not even know his whole story.........................but I am sure he as been through a lot.  And what makes it even worse, is the foster home he is in is not the best situation.
(Few families choose to be foster parents because they feel called by God to do so.............but many do it for the $$$$.  Sad, but true.)

Long story short............Ben got in trouble Friday.  He made a bad choice and was sent home from school.  He was VERY upset and asked if he could talk to Mrs. Britton.  My principal came and got me.  I went in and talked to him about consequences of bad decisions.................and learning from our mistakes.  He cried like a baby....although he is in 6th grade.  I could not stop the tears, so finally I asked him if he went to church.  He said not now, but he use to when he lived with his adopted family..............but they got tired of him to put him back in foster care.

I told him if he use to go to church then he knew about praying.................so I could not change his situation, but I could pray for him.  He then asked if I would pray for him right then.  SOOOOO,.....I DID.  Bless him.............it seemed to calm him a bit and when I left he told me he loved me.

Please pray for Ben...................and pray he will get his Forever Family.

In this season of Thanksgiving..................I am Thankful for the freedom to pray with a hurting student that asked me to. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Calling all Bi-Vo Wives......

Tennessee Baptist Bivocational Ministers and Wives you are invited to the 2018 Bivocational Ministers and Wives Retreat which is set for January 25-27, 2018 at the Music Road Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. This will be a blessed time. Register Today! You can register for the retreat if you have not already done so either online or by mailing in the registration form. The REGISTRATION DEADLINE is December 8, 2017. We must have complete registration and payment by then to reserve your room. If you have any questions or need more information please contact: John Parrott, Bivocational Ministry Specialist, jparrott@tnbaptist.org or 423-921-2488 or Carrie Smith, Ministry Assistant, csmith@tnbaptist.org or 800-558-2090 ext. 2025. We hope you will come and enjoy this time of renewal and refreshment. Go here to find out more information on the retreat and to register either online or print a registration form:

HURTING FOLKS

There are hurting folks all around us.....and we may not even be aware of it.

Right now, my husband and I are "hurting on the inside" because of something we are facing that we have never faced before. 

(You are suppose to find something positive even in bad.............so the positive is that  this "hurting" has over-shadowed Roger loosing his secular job and made that not important at all.)

We are hurting......................and right now we can not share.  We are asking our church and everyone around us and now I am asking YOU to PRAY..............God KNOWS the reason.

I am sharing this with you for two reason:
  1. We NEED YOUR PRAYERS....URGENT PRAYERS.
  2. We ALL need to be more aware of the people around us.  We do not KNOW what other people may be facing or going through that they can not even share with us.
Let's ALL PRAY for EACH OTHER.

One day....I may be able to share.  Thank you in advance for your prayers. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Season of CHANGE...

In Sunday School, we had a lesson with the preschoolers a few weeks ago about "CHANGES"........................EVERYTHING changes....we change, the sun changes, the weather changes, the seasons changes, the leaves changes, etc....................EVERYTHING.......EXCEPT GOD.............GOD NEVER CHANGES!

Roger and I are in a season of change.

Most of your husbands are full-time ministers so you may not understand this post....

Roger is a bi-vocational minister.....which means he has TWO JOBS.....one God called him to do and another one that pays the bills.  Or maybe I should have correctly said HAD instead of has.

Friday was his LAST DAY of his secular job.  He had worked from home for 21 years with UNUM in IT.  His last day was Friday because they decided to Out-Source the IT department to a company in India.

He was soooo close to retirement from the secular job.  (He can begin drawing retirement in one year.)

Now What?  At 61 years old, he did not want to begin a NEW CAREER......our church is growing and keeping us busy, so he does not have time to "learn a new career."

GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL................

We do not owe very much at all.  I have a job teaching and although our insurance was through Roger's job, we were able to pick it up through my job.

GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF US......................NO DOUBT.  We are not worried.

Since he only has a year to work, he has decided to do odd jobs......................he doesn't need benefits.  Years ago, he and his dad built  houses.  (That's why I was blessed with a NEW KITCHEN...that HE BUILT....even the cabinets.)  He already has a dentist that wants small repairs done at his office......our son-in-law works with farmers and helps get them grants.  One farmer has a greenhouse and needs someone to put it together..............
several elderly people are wanting small repairs..........

Plus....he still has our church.

God is going to take care of us.

BUT....it is a SEASON OF CHANGE.  He got paid twice a month.  His ONE check was larger than my ONCE a month check..................so it will be different.

BUT....I do believe that God allowed this change to happen to protect Roger.  For the past five years, his job has caused him tons of stress.......................he does not need that. 

We are looking forward to the plans God has in our lives.................we KNOW that with HIM in CONTROL................they are going to be WONDERFUL.